Microsoft's new HoloLens AR headset is being used by researchers at Delft University of Technology to improve the experience of visitors to Leiden's Rijksmuseum Van Oudheden. Jim Drury reports.
Microsoft calls its new HoloLens the world's first fully self-contained, holographic computer. It's designed to allow users to interact with high-definition holograms via their headset. These Delft University of Technology students want to use it to revolutionise museum visits. RESEARCHER SAYING: "Right now I'm seeing a temple...walking towards it.....it's quite big." They've teamed up with the Rijksmuseum Van Oudheden to scan the ancient Egyptian Temple of Taffeh, reconstructed on the premises in 1971. RESEARCHER SAYING: "It has six pillars...on each side.....now I'm walking inside the temple." SOUNDBITE (English) ERIK HÖGLUND, TU DELFT RESEARCHER, SAYING: "We're going to go to the temple and scan it, scan the room, and environment inside the temple, outside, everything - and then we can get these 3D models through different software we can replicate this in the computer and then add on features such as images, movies, illustrations, animations, as well as features where you can press, scale, get closer, interact with, and all that." The headset could allow visitors to improve their museum experience. SOUNDBITE (English) ANNELIES MALTHA, TU DELFT RESEARCHER, SAYING: "Right now 80 percent of the stuff that they have at the museum they cannot show, and that's a shame because there are so many beautiful artefacts and there are so many hidden secrets, so to speak, of the past that people cannot see. So by using the HoloLens people can virtually visit the exhibit and see so much more." The project should be finished early next year. The HoloLens is already available in North America and goes on sale in Europe and Asia in November, costing $3,000